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Riley Road Bridge

Riley Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: August 31, 2013

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Riley Road Over Railroad (Norfolk Southern, Amtrak)
Location
East Chicago: Lake County, Indiana: United States
Structure Type
Metal 8 Panel Rivet-Connected Warren Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal 6 Panel Rivet-Connected Warren Pony Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge consists of a through truss main span. Immediately north of this span is a pony truss approach span. Additionally, each end of the bridge has curved approach consisting of a number of riveted through plate girder spans. All these approach spans, which provide the ramp leading up to this overpass's height over the railroad tracks, produce a bridge of reasonable length. There once were several truss bridges that carried a highway over railroad tracks in Lake County, Indiana. Today, this is the last know surviving example. This privately owned bridge crossing privately owned railroad tracks is located deep within a high security area consisting of steel mills. HistoricBridges.org is unaware of any way to properly photo-document this historic bridge. The only way the public can normally view this bridge is to view it from the dirty windows of the Amtrak trains that pass under the bridge. Unfortunately, a few low-quality photos taken under these undesirable circumstances are all that HistoricBridges.org currently has available. If Amtrak would actually wash the windows on its cars once in a while, someone could probably get some decent overview photos of the bridge.

If anyone has better or additional photos of this bridge and is willing to share them, please contact us. We would also be interested if anyone knows how to get permission to visit and photograph this bridge.

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